Self-Defence With Guns: Alberta Watchdog Decision Shows Criteria

17 Jan 2019 — Alberta’s police watchdog said today an RCMP officer “acted reasonably” in self-defence by shooting at a suspected violent criminal in 2017. Why It Matters Many people don’t know that Canadian law recognizes the legitimate use of force for protection against human attackers, including potentially deadly force using guns and ammunition. Today’s two-page press…

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Vancouver Police Says AR-15s Deter Terrorists: Georgia Straight

5 Dec 2018 — A Vancouver police memo said officers armed with long rifles such as AR-15s can deter terrorists or stop them after they have begun to attack, the Georgia Straight website said, quoting the police report. The document by Ken Athans, acting Inspector with the Emergency and Operational Planning Section of the Vancouver Police Department,…

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Paris Riots Show How Quickly Mass Violence and Destruction Erupt

2 Dec 2018 — Last night’s riots by “urban guerillas” in Paris and across France show how quickly anti-government mass violence and destruction can erupt, even in the most advanced, beautiful and peaceful democracies. #France: #Macron outraged by #casseurs damage to #ArcDeTriomphe during #YellowVests #Paris manif Sat. — Hyper Observer (@HyperObserver) December 2, 2018 Highlights Photos…

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Sheriff Reviewing Parkland Now Supports Arming Teachers, AP Says

24 Nov 2018 — The Florida sheriff leading the state commission investigating the Parkland massacre in February said he now supports giving trained, volunteer teachers access to guns to stop attackers, the Associated Press reported this week. From the Associated Press on Nov. 21, as published on the website of The State newspaper: Sheriff Supports Armed Teachers…

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Two Canadians Have ‘Authorization To Carry’ Guns, Filing Shows

8 Nov 2018 — Two people in Canada have an Authorization To Carry loaded handguns for personal protection, also known as a “concealed-carry permit,” according to a letter from the federal police that was shared today on Reddit. The Authorization To Carry, or ATC, requires permission from the Canadian Firearms Program of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.…

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Saskatchewan Conservation Officers to Get AR-15s for Protection

8 Nov 2018 — Saskatchewan is buying AR-15 rifles with Vortex scopes or Aimpoint red-dot sights this month to protect conservation officers who feel outgunned with their pistols and shotguns. Although much weaker than shotgun slugs or buckshot at close range, the officers will get the extra firepower to keep them safe against human attackers, Kevin Murphy,…

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‘Shoot to Kill’ Is Aim of RCMP Air Police, Trainer Tells Gazette

6 Oct 2018 — The RCMP air police train officers to kill attackers, the agency’s Gazette reported this week, quoting an instructor. The approach differs from defensive training for solid ground that focuses on stopping threats without necessarily stopping life.

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Silence Is No Longer a Luxury, Guns Are an Equalizer: Sue Green

3 Oct 2018 — “This is the first time I’ve gone public as a gun owner. … As much as I was content being discreet, I strongly believe we need to change gun culture in Canada and I don’t have that luxury anymore. None of us do.” Read the rest of the guest article by Sue Green.

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I Am a Feminist, and I Support Gun Rights: Ariane Bakhtiar

19 Sep 2018 — “I was assaulted. After the assault, I expected the male figures in my life to protect me (my partner, my father, the police). What I came to realize is that to empower myself I needed to learn how to defend myself.” Continue reading the letter by Ariane Bakhtiar of Toronto.

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Manitoba Radio Station Ready to Use Lethal Force Against Threats

27 Aug 2018 — A Manitoba radio station told staff to be ready to protect their lives with lethal force after facing threats and a series of break-ins, and after police were late or absent responding to calls for help. The owner said his wife and children have left town.

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Albertans Seek Info on Armed Defence, Edmonton Journal Reports

26 Aug 2018 — Rural Albertans are seeking clarity on when they can use force to protect their lives and property as violent break-ins and home invasions increase, the Edmonton Journal reported this week, citing interviews and a report by the United Conservative Party.

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Most Multiple Shooters Are Stopped by People With Guns, FBI Says

13 May 2018 — Canada almost never authorizes private individuals to carry guns for protection. In the U.S., almost every attacker who killed or tried to kill multiple people with bullets in the past two years was stopped or countered by bullets, or people armed with them, the FBI said last week.

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Defence Staff Told to Not Fight Back If Attacked: National Post

12 Apr 2018 — Almost every civilian mass-shooting has been stopped by bullets: the attacker shoots himself or is shot by someone else. Office staff at Canada’s Department of National Defence are trying a different approach: sharing their feelings and hiding.

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Man Who Shot Home Intruder Won’t Face Murder Charge, CBC Reports

12 Oct 2017 — In one of the rare cases in Canada where courts recognize a legal gun owner may have used firearms and ammunition in legitimate self-defence, a man who shot a home intruder won’t be charged with murder, CBC reported today, citing the prosecution.

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RCMP Failed to Provide Guns, Training: Full Text of Court Ruling

4 Oct 2017 — The following is the full text of a Sept. 29 court ruling that found the RCMP guilty of failing to provide AR-15 rifles and training to its officers, three of whom were shot to death in June 2014 in Moncton, New Brunswick. CBC, which provided live updates of the trial, reported last week on…

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Defence Is Counter-Ambush Since Attack Is a Surprise: Rob Pincus

20 Aug 2017

No matter how much we think about personal defence and train our minds and bodies to respond to possible violence in daily life, we’ve got to remember that any attack will come as a surprise. Rob Pincus, who trains people to protect themselves with guns, suggests we think about defence as counter-ambush.

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RCMP Trial This Week Focused on This Report Recommending AR-15

5 May 2017

Here is a 2010 report that recommended the RCMP adopt the AR-15 rifle. The study and its author were in focus this week at a trial to decide if Canada’s federal police are guilty of having failed to provide appropriate equipment and training to officers responding to attackers. The case is relevant to all of us.

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More Than 90,000 Canadians Are Allowed to Carry Guns Every Day

30 Apr 2017

(Update 06 May 2018: Updated chart and notes. 20 May 2017: Added new info under Additions.) More than 90,000 Canadians are authorized to carry loaded guns on their person in daily life, mainly for self-defence against human attackers. More than 90 percent are civilian police and law enforcement, or military. If they were all on duty at…

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Gun Owners and the Charter of Rights After 35 Years: Some Links

17 Apr 2017

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The document’s legal and political significance and symbolism are as important as they are controversial for all Canadians, especially those of us who buy, sell, own, use or work with guns.

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RCMP Began to Train Shooting on the Move Last Year, Gazette Says

29 Mar 2017

People are often astonished that most police officers aren’t into shooting or guns, don’t train often with firearms and are lousy at marksmanship. But being armed and being skilled with your arm are completely different.

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